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LITA to Sponsor an Emerging Leader

ALA President Leslie Burger has announced a new Emerging Leaders Program to prepare 100 librarians new to the profession in leadership ( LITA is very pleased to announced that it has agreed to sponsor one individual in this Program. Are you:

–a current LITA member?
–no older than 35 OR have no more than five years of post-MLS library experience?
–able to meet the obligations that Leslie outlined on the website?
–interested in the Program?

If so, please submit the following items to LITA President Bonnie Postlethwaite ( by September 15:

–A list of LITA or ALA activities (no more than five, if possible)
–Participation in state, regional or other library associations (no more than five)
–Three ways you have demonstrated leadership potential (500 words or less)

LITA sponsorship is not required for application, but it will give you preference in the selection process.

A memo from Leslie Burger clarifies the selection process as follows:

“My goal is to identify 100 Emerging Leaders who have demonstrated leadership potential, who represent the broad spectrum of diversity within our Association and profession — including ethnicity, gender, geographical location, type and size of library, professional focus area, and ALA, divisional, Chapter, or round table affiliation — and who have indicated a willingness to apply their Emerging Leaders training to a two-year term of service on a division, Chapter, round table or ALA committee, task force, working group or project team. …

Although this is a competitive application process, each division, Chapter and round table that chooses to support applicants will be guaranteed that at least one of your nominees will be accepted into the program. If your unit would like to recommend and support more than one applicant, please rank them in priority order. The selection committee will make every effort to honor your selections while still maintaining diversity and balance in the final group of Emerging Leaders.”

The individual selected for LITA support will be notified by September 22nd. Nominees must submit the full application to Leslie Burger( by the September 30th deadline.

Bonnie Postlethwaite
LITA President